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Old 06-12-2019, 06:18 AM   #1
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Back in the mid to late 90's, British Airways embarked upon a new livery concept to replace the long standing but rarther jaded Landor Associates design which had been in place since the end of 1984. UK design agency Newell & Sorrell were handed the proverbial baton and set about creating what would furtively be referred to as 'Project Utopia'. As we know, this led to numerous ethnic and world design images gracing the tails of BA aircraft for several years before an outbreak of mass jingoism led to their removal and standardisation of the Chatham Dockyard image.

Being a Scot myself, I was particularly interested in the Scottish tartan design, by artisan weaver Peter MacDonald, known in gaelic as 'Benyhone' or in English as 'Mountain of the Birds'. Many aircraft wore these colours, including BA 737's, 747's, 757's, 767's, 777's and I believe a single A320. Associate airlines operating BA franchise arrangements including Loganair, Sun Air, Brymon and British Regional, who operated such types as the Saab 340, BN Islander, Dash 8, ATP, Bae 146 and ATR-72 in Benyhome . And lest we forget that Comair of South Africa with it's Benyhome tailed 727.

I've collected most or all of the available in 1:400 tartan tails, with the excellent NG 757, G-BIKO being the latest addition.

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It would be nice to see this one done...

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A great collection of Benyhone, and a nice little diorama too. One of my favo(u)rite World Tails.
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Very interesting article on the background of the artisan weaver, really love all the traditional skills like this (I've just finished Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 and enjoyed using the classic hand tools the most) and what a superb collection of tartan tails, thanks for sharing. That Benyhone pattern is a gorgeous mix of colours.


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Very interesting article on the background of the artisan weaver, really love all the traditional skills like this (I've just finished Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 and enjoyed using the classic hand tools the most) and what a superb collection of tartan tails, thanks for sharing. That Benyhone pattern is a gorgeous mix of colours.

Yes there are links to biographies of all of the utopia tails on that site, useful and interesting. Good luck with the joinery. In Scotland a joiner is known as a 'chippie' but then again do is a chip shop.

You'll be making your own display cabinets before you know it.

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Yes there are links to biographies of all of the utopia tails on that site, useful and interesting. Good luck with the joinery. In Scotland a joiner is known as a 'chippie' but then again do is a chip shop.

You'll be making your own display cabinets before you know it.


Thanks a lot mate It's so rewarding, can't wait for Level 2 (structural carpentry, the serious stuff - stairs, roofing etc.) Yep - the term 'chippie' works down here too! Got loads of inspiration from watching episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet That's just it, when I get the space in the future (hopefully) I can set up a workshop and build all the display cabinets myself - it's a dream at the moment but hope to get there one day.

I'm gonna read up on those other tails, it's really fascinating stuff.


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Nice collection of tartan tails. Really like this design since I first saw it on the BA 744 before boarding it at LHR. Looked professional and attractive.
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Interesting Big Al! I love the BA World Tails! These along with my Piedmont USAir fleets are the only ones I kept and display of my once large 1:400 collection as I moved on to 1:200.
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I love the World tails . J’adore l’Ecosse!!!
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It would be nice to see this one done...

Nice looking aircraft. Reg# makes me think Gary Busey.....

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Nice looking aircraft. Reg# makes me think Gary Busey.....

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Yeah Harvey, one of the original G-BUS* fleet once upon a time allocated to British Caledonian. I thought the G-BUSH one was quite appropriate during his presidential campaign, especially coupled with the 'Backing the Bid' motif that was applied during the London Olympic Games bid for 2012. ��

Incidentally B-Cal (pre takeover) had proposed a new livery which the A320 would have seen. Guess what...? A range of different tartan tails.
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Incidentally B-Cal (pre takeover) had proposed a new livery which the A320 would have seen. Guess what...? A range of different tartan tails.
Indeed. BCal The Livery that never was
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